USC's Shaw injures thumb
COLUMBIA -- Backup quarterback Connor Shaw started and threw two TD passes in South Carolina's open scrimmage Wednesday night, including a 70-yard post strike to Jason Barnes on the first play. But the sophomore from Flowery Branch, Ga., left the Williams-Brice Stadium field when his right thumb popped out of place.
"He says that's happened before and it shouldn't bother him," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "So hopefully he'll be OK in two or three days, but we'll just have to wait and see."
Shaw was 6 of 11 for 192 yards.
Stephen Garcia, still with a firm grip on the starting job, was 8 of 13 for 128 yards with a 23-yard TD pass to Ace Sanders.
"(Shaw) was scheduled to start the scrimmage," Spurrier said. "Stephen started the last one so Connor played with the guys Stephen played with the last scrimmage and Stephen played with the guys Connor played with the last scrimmage. We're trying to get a good evaluation on them."
Jadeveon Clowney got some of the loudest roars and the freshman defensive end made the biggest play early. The most famous recruit in school history on Garcia's first snap sacked the starting quarterback, forced a fumble and ran 22 yards for a touchdown.
Clowney later sacked No. 3 quarterback Andrew Clifford and had a tackle-for-loss on a reverse attempt.
"Clowney had some good plays here and there," Spurrier said. "We found out we should not try to run a reverse on his side. He can chase them down as soon as he sees it."
Garcia, for his part, didn't think it was a fumble.
"I was trying to pull it back and it slipped out of my hand and hit Jadeveon, and I guess the refs thought it came out of my hand and went backward," Garcia said, "so that's why they called it a fumble, but I don't think it was a fumble."
Still no Akeem
Starting cornerback Akeem Auguste remains out with a foot arch injury but no longer needs a walking boot and might start jogging next week, Spurrier said.
"I don't worry about it," Spurrier added of the senior. "He's either back or he's not. If he can't play, somebody else is going to play."
Hit of the night
Right tackle Rokevious Watkins (6-4, 334) blasted safety Corey Addison after Addison's long interception return of a Shaw pass.
The Gamecocks return to practice this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. … Sanders threw a TD pass to DeAngelo Smith on a flea flicker from Garcia. … No. 4 QB Dylan Thompson, a redshirt freshman from Boiling Springs, connected with freshman wideout K.J. Brent on an 80-yard TD pass.
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